The spring league in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League draws more participation across the state, but there were local programs in Douglas County that performed well in the recently-completed fall league too.
Alexandria’s Nicolas Witt was one of the top shooters in the state this fall. He tied with Cooper Johnson of Pequot Lakes for the top season average overall at 24.6 out of a possible 25. That’s out of a total of 130 high school teams across 17 different conferences in Minnesota.
Alexandria had the top-three male shooters by average in Conference 13. Devin Dummer and Ashton Lickness were close behind Witt with 23.9 and 23.8 averages, respectively.
Alexandria won the conference with 24,974.5 total points in the five weeks of scoring. Alden-Conger was second at 23,687.
Brandon-Evansville also won a conference championship with 3,420 total points. That was well in front of Groves Academy, which finished second in Conference 6, with 2,363 points.
Brandon-Evansville had the top three male shooters in the conference. Riley Bitzan was first with a 24.3 average. Chase Holtberg (23.9) was second and Braydon Englund (23.8) third. That placed Bitzan, Holtberg and Englund among the top 50 shooters in the state.
Katrina Buchholz was the third highest average among female shooters in Conference 6 with a 20.8 average.
Alexandria College places third
The Alexandria Shooting Park hosted more than 200 participants from 14 colleges for the MCAC Clay Target Fall Championship on Oct. 19, and Alexandria College tied for second with Ridgewater College before losing a tiebreaker to finish third overall.
Bismarck State College out of North Dakota won the team championship with 487 busted clays out of a possible 500. Alexandria and Ridgewater both finished at 480 among their top five shooters.
Kiah Martinson of Bemidji led the way for Alexandria by shooting a 98 out of 100 with a reverse run of 74 straight. That earned her the female varsity high gun award. Megan Jensen of Comfrey was the female junior varsity high gun with an 89.
The Legends clay target team totaled 2,413.50 points throughout the regular season, earning runner-up in the Red Division. Martinson was the women’s division individual high gun with a 47.4 average out of 50. Jonathan Hosaluk of Roseau was third in the men’s divisions with a 48.8 average. He shot three 50 straights for Alexandria College during the regular season.
Tanner Mord and Zach Johnson also shot 50-straights. Alexandria College students in the 25-straight club include Will Burgess, Tyler Driver, Andrew Gallagher, Kyle Hagen, Jonathan Hosaluk, Zach Johnson, Kiah Martinson, Tanner Mord, Draven Schillinger and Max Strege.